There’s a scene in Fawlty Towers (I know – another one!) In this one, Polly has ‘doctored’ the food for a pampered dog (‘Kipper and the Corpse’)
Basil: What’s the matter with that dog?
Manuel: He is dead.
Basil : Well, he’s certainly struggling for life at the moment. A dead dog in the breakfast room. Egon Ronay would knock off a star for that.
Manuel :No, no, Mr. Leeman dead.
Basil: Well, that would explain a lot.
My rather tenuous point is that in Super Rugby the ‘threatened’ teams are currently also ‘struggling for life’
All four teams did well at the weekend – with two close losses, a draw and a win.
The Chiefs and the Bulls struggled to put the Force and the Cheetahs away – the Rebels held the Sharks to a draw in Durban and the Kings beat the Waratahs in Sydney.
Not that this will matter though – three of the four will inevitably be killed off before next season. It’s not their fault that they are doomed – it is the blokes who thought that an ever expanding tournament would work.
Whilst all four teams are in the bottom 6 of the overall standings – the Kings, Cheetahs and Force are above the Waratahs and Sunwolves – and the Rebels are ahead of the bottom placed Sunwolves (obviously) and have a game in hand over the Tahs.
As Basil would say “So you’ve got that sorted have you dear? Still you know best!”